My Background

I am a freelancer and entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to details and a team-worker. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities by combining creative and analytical skills. I'm also a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. I grew up around farming communities, urban townships, mining towns and city metropolis within the various provinces in South Africa. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I managed to increasing my personal network. It became clear at an early stage of my life with the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, to become a social enterprenuer.....

Social Entrepreneur:
noun
  1. defined as a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.

As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I've embarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulations because I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.

Favorite Quote:

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

My Work Experience:
Technician | Draughtsman | Planner

Previous Position(s)

Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd. t/a Instructor Labs
Tshwane, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd. t/a Keyamo Technologies
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Design Draughtsman | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017


Current Position(s)

Planning Consultant | Mamphake Mabule Inc. t/a Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - present


Freelancer & Entreprenuer
My Education and Skill(s):
  • Management:
  • I am an Enterpreneur with Financial, Production and Marketing management skills operating within the building and construction environment using BIM, Microsoft Office & Project, ACCPAC & Pastel (SAGE) Accounting softwares, Open Workbench including working on Building automation systems. I studied BCom:Management; and a Programme in Financial Management at UNISA - I evaluate and prepare bids and specifications while assisting clients in the approval processes. I also prepare reports including project costing/estimates and statistical calculations. I also supervise and monitor production in-house and on-site while training personnel in the use and correct installation of products. I plan and allocate work using work orders and production schedules. I market products, liaise with customer while developing new and improving existing range of products and services.
  • Technical:
  • I am a Freelancer with Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical and Piping draughting skills operating within the building and construction industry using AutoCAD, SketchUp Pro, CoralDraw, SQL Database Design including software programming in GCode, HTML, Visual Basic, Python, and Javascript. I studied course(s) in Architectural Draughting and AutoCAD at Inscape College; Mechanical Drawing and Design at Tshwane South TVET College; and NDip:Electrical Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology. I prepare and present project drawings and construction documentation, including producing and interpreting CAD/CAM detailed drawings according to SANS 10400, SABS 0432, SABS 044, SABS 0144, BS 1553, BS 1635 and BS 3939, SANS 204 and SABS 048. I also fabricate, install, test/repair/modify and maintain electrical and mechanical systems according to SANS 10142, SANS 10198, SANS 10292, SANS 10108, SANS 60079, SANS 61241, SANS 10123 and including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • My passion is finding sustainable and cost-saving solutions while being energy efficient.......

Friday, May 13, 2016

Self-Retrospection | Opinion



What I Learned from the Arrogance of the Close-Minded...

As the saying goes: "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." Some people have issues with ideas that are not familiar to them. They have a fallacy that demands repetition of their beliefs and thus results in a weakness in their beliefs. Once you know that that fallacy exists, it’s easy to identify those in as little as one or two conversations. How do I deal with people who are close-minded, totally stubborn in their beliefs and unreceptive to new ideas? When I feel certain I'm right and they’re wrong, but can’t seem to convince them to see things my way. And even when I'm in fact right, but that doesn’t prevent the others from resorting to irrational arguments to keep from agreeing with me. How do I deal with such situations?

The lesson I learned in business is unconditional acceptance, which comes about when I begin asking questions like: Why do I feel such resistance towards these individuals? Why do I feel the need to convince them of anything? Why do I have such a strong need to be right? What part of me is experiencing this resistance? Is it possible there’s any shred of truth in the other person’s position?

As I explored these questions, I began to uncover the part of myself that is resisting what the other individuals represent to me. Then I consciously decide if I wish to continue holding onto that resistance or let it go. I know now that the more I resist about the world, the more time I spend defending my position and that the resistance comes from my ego. When my ego takes ownership of my ideas, it treats challenges to my ideas as a personal challenge, hence the need to defend myself as if being attacked. But when I keep my ideas separate from my ego, I feel no surge of resistance or defensiveness because there won’t be any attachment.

People are free to disagree with my ideas as much as they want, and that has nothing to do with me personally. I’m able to write my words sincerely while from the other person’s perspective, I’m sure they are right. I accept other's position and allow others to have opinions as well but I don’t take ownership of it myself. I use praise in order to let the flow of the ideas and try not to take ownership of these personally. I also introduce an absentee third party into the discussion whenever I have to disagree with someone. I learned that people get trapped in close-mindedness due to fear, especially the fear of being taken advantage of. Unconditional acceptance I learned, helps reduce some of that fear, which may be enough to convince them to lower their shields and open themselves to new ideas.

Remember: if you attack, attack, attack, you may win an argument now and then, but you’ll only drive the other person deeper into fear, causing them to invest even more energy in defending their position...

Mamphake Mabule
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